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Sale 1215 — United States Postal History and Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 17-18 December, 2019

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Category — 1870-88 Bank Note Issues

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2349
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2349, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Carmine, I. Grill (137A), 6c Carmine, I. Grill (137A)6c Carmine, I. Grill (137A). Rich color, tied by circle of V's, red "New York Jul. 31" (1872) circular datestamp on blue folded letter to Wolverhampton, England, receiving backstamp, docketed at left, Very Fine, a rare example of the 6c I Grill on cover, with 2013 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2350
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2350, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Carmine (148), 6c Carmine (148)6c Carmine (148). Brilliant color, used in combination with 1c Ultramarine (156) and horizontal pair of 10c Brown, 1873 Issue (161), all tied by lightly struck grid cancels, "Bardwell's Ferry, Mass. Apr 3" (1876) circular datestamp, perfect strike of red "New York 1.10 Apr 4" credit datestamp (110 centimes = 22c) on immaculate cover to Ahmednuggur, India, sender's routing "Via Brindisi", red London Paid transit datestamp, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, Sea Post Office and Ahmednugger arrival backstamps, right 10c stamp with inconsequential mild corner crease mentioned for accuracy

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND IMMACULATE THREE-COLOR BANK NOTE ISSUE FRANKING ON A COVER TO INDIA.

This is one of the freshest and most attractive Bank Note Issue covers to India we have encountered. It was prepaid in accordance with the 27c rate during the GPU/UPU period (the credit in centimes replaced old U.S. currency credit markings).

Ex Ainsworth

E. 2,000-3,000
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2351
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2351, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147), 2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147)2c Red Brown, 3c Green (146, 147). Three 2c, used with horizontal strip of three of 2c Orange, Internal Revenue, Perforated (R15c), tied by unusual Propeller fancy cancels, "Ecorse Mich. Jan. 13" (1872) circular datestamp on yellow cover to France, New York 6c credit datestamp, red London Paid transit datestamp, French transits, left 2c Revenue and right 2c stamps with small tears, cover with a diagonal tear at right, otherwise Very Fine and very unusual, franked with 2c revenue stamps to make up the old 15c rate to France, but at this point the rate was only 10c so was accepted as fully prepaid, from a new find (see lot 2360), with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
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2352
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2352, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Purple (153), 24c Purple (153)24c Purple (153). Tied by cork cancel and "New Bedford Mass. Nov. 19" (1874) circular datestamp on light green "polite size" cover to Captain David E. Allen aboard the Bark Sea Queen in care of the U.S. consul on Mahe Island in the Seychelles, red "New York Nov. 21" and London "Paid" transit datestamps, red crayon "20" credit, red crayon "1" British Colonial credit, Seychelles receiving backstamp (Jan. 11, 1875), Very Fine, a rare single franking to pay the 24c British Mail rate to the Seychelles, the Sea Queen sailed on a whaling trip from Westport in 1875 and returned in 1879 (source: http://history.vineyard.net/dukes/sailors5.htm ), ex "Andromeda", with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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2353
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2353, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165), 24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165)24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165). 24c superbly centered with wide s.e. at right, used with two slightly overlapping 30c, tied by three strikes of circle of wedges cancel, red "Boston Paid Dec. 23" (1874) circular datestamp on cover to Ahmednuggur, India, sender's routing "Via Brindisi", red crayon "72/3" credit, red London "Paid" transit datestamp, red "3d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, each stamp has a small or tiny tear, otherwise Very Fine, the 24c stamp on this cover was described in a Cyril dos Passos article as the silk paper variety, which would make it a Continental printing, but the accompanying P.F. certificates first decline opinion on the Scott number (2004) and subsequently identify the 24c stamp as No. 153 (2011), ex "Andromeda", with 2004 and 2011 P.F. certificates

E. 1,500-2,000
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2354
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2354, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165), 24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165)24c Purple, 30c Black (153, 165). 24c well-centered, used with 30c pair, tied by three strikes of circle of wedges cancel, dark red "Boston Paid Mar. 30" (1875) circular datestamp on Bissell correspondence cover to Ahmednuggur, India, sender's routing "Via Brindisi", red crayon "72/3" credit, red London "Paid" transit datestamp, red "3d" British Colonial credit handstamp, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps, small corner crease at bottom right of 30c pair, still Very Fine, a scarce high-value franking for triple 28c rate, ex "Andromeda", with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
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2355
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2355, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues90c Carmine (155), 90c Carmine (155)90c Carmine (155). Used in combination with pair of 6c Pink (186) and 30c Gray Black (165), all tied to 1880 courthouse cover by three strikes of "New York Jun 17 80" duplex cancels, the cover, which was an oversized legal envelope, has been refolded down to a manageable size for display, addressed "To the Clerk of the United States Circuit Court for the District of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.", small repaired tears to one 6c stamp and the 30c stamp, the 6c pair was lifted for examination and improperly replaced, cover flaws including tears and a vertical crease thru the left 6c stamp, still Fine appearance and one of the most unusual uses of any 90c Bank Note stamp on cover, the 90c National Bank Note Issue is extremely rare on cover with only a few known, this is also notable for the use of stamps from each of the three different companies -- namely the 1870 National, 1873 Continental and 1879 American Bank Note companies, ex Ainsworth, with photocopy of 1987 PF certificate.

E. 1,000-1,500
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2356
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2356, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Ultramarine (156), 1c Ultramarine (156)1c Ultramarine (156). Used with two 10c Brown (161) and 2c Vermilion (178), tied by quartered cork cancels, "Rochester N.Y. Aug. 12 11AM" circular datestamp on cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, red "New York 1.10 Sep. 27" credit datestamp (110 centimes), red 1876 London "Paid" transit also ties one 10c, light blue crayon due marking ties two stamps (called "lightened" on PFC), receiving backstamp, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, colorful franking paying 23c rate by American Packet from New York to Rio de Janeiro and thence by British Packet to destination, this must have gone via British Packet the entire way via London instead, with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2357
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2357, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Brown (157), 2c Brown (157)2c Brown (157). Horizontal strip of four and horizontal pair, cancelled by segmented cork, "Cornwall-on-Hudson N.Y. May 25" circular datestamp on cover to Constantinople, Turkey, red "New York Paid All May 26" circular datestamp, partial strike of German Post Office in Constantinople backstamp, fresh and Fine, ex Dr. Burrows

E. 200-300
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2358
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2358, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Vermilion, 3c Green, 5c Blue (158, 178, 179), 2c Vermilion, 3c Green, 5c Blue (158, 178, 179)2c Vermilion, 3c Green, 5c Blue (158, 178, 179). 2c and 3c on intermediate paper, tied by odd-shaped segmented cork cancel, red "Boston Paid Feb. 3" (1879) circular datestamp on cover to Satara, India, red London "Paid" transit datestamp, Sea Post Office, Brindisi and Satara backstamps, 3c nicked at top (visible only upon close examination), appears Very Fine, India joined the GPU in July 1876 but the rates were double those of regular GPU members until Apr. 1, 1879, this is an unusual combination for the 10c GPU rate, ex "Andromeda"

E. 300-400
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2359
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2359, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Used with pair 1c Ultramarine and 3c Green (156, 158), cancelled or tied by targets with "North Ridgeway N.Y. Mar. 13" circular datestamp on cover to Vermillion O. with pink illustrated breeder's hen and rooster design, Geo. Resseguire of North Ridgeway proprietor and advertises "Choice Dark Brahmas and Partridge Cochins", on flap is an advertisement for the monthly magazine "Poultry World", 3c stamp with corner crease, Extremely Fine, an unusual and beautiful advertising design with a three-color Bank Note franking

E. 400-500
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2360
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2360, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues6c Dull Pink (159), 6c Dull Pink (159)6c Dull Pink (159). Used with horizontal pair of 2c Brown (157) and 3c Green (147), also used with 2c Internal Revenue, Orange (R15c), tied by bold grids, "Castroville Tex. Oct. 23" (1876) circular datestamp on light pink cover to Loire, France, red New York transit datestamp, Paris and receiving backstamps, minor edgewear, Very Fine, a colorful and unusual franking with the Revenue stamp accepted as postage, from a new find (see lot 2351), with 2019 P.F. certificate

E. 500-750
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2361
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2361, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues7c Orange Vermilion (160), 7c Orange Vermilion (160)7c Orange Vermilion (160). Horizontal strip of four, choice centering, vivid color, straight edge at right, tied by bold strikes of target cancel, "Auburn N.Y. Oct. 18" circular datestamp on ca. 1875 cover to Moradabad, India, sender's routing "Via Brindisi", red "New York 1.10 Oct. 20" credit datestamp (110 centimes = 22c), red London "Paid" transit datestamp and "1d" British Colonial credit handstamp both tie strip, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamps

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL FRANKING TO INDIA, BEARING A STRIP OF FOUR OF THE 7-CENT CONTINENTAL BANK NOTE ISSUE.

This was prepaid for the 28c rate but credited in accordance with the 27c rate during the GPU/UPU period (the credit in centimes replaced old U.S. currency credit markings). Overall a spectacular cover in pristine condition.

Ex "Andromeda". With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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2362
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2362, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Vermilion, 10c Brown, 15c Yellow Orange (157, 161, 163), 2c Vermilion, 10c Brown, 15c Yellow Orange (157, 161, 163)2c Vermilion, 10c Brown, 15c Yellow Orange (157, 161, 163). Beautiful three-color franking for the old 27c rate but used on Aug. 1, 1876, the first day of the new 15c rate, tied by target cancels and "New Haven Conn. Aug. 1 7PM" circular datestamp on blue cover to Wellington, Cape of Good Hope, red "New York 50 Aug. 2" datestamp with 50 centimes credit (10c replacing the old 22c credit), red London "Paid" transit datestamp and "3d" British Colonial credit handstamp (triple the usual rate), Cape Town and Wellington receiving datestamps, slightly reduced at left, usual minor edgewear and slight crease in 10c stamp

VERY FINE. A CHOICE AND FASCINATING COVER SHOWING THE TRANSITION FROM THE 27-CENT TO 15-CENT TREATY RATES.

Ex Knapp and "Andromeda". With 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
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2363
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2363, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues30c Gray Black (165), 30c Gray Black (165)30c Gray Black (165). Horizontal pair with wide natural s.e., used with a spectacular array of 3c Green, 6c Dull Pink and 12c Blackish Violet (158, 159, 162), slightly overlapping and tied by circle of wedges cancels on cover to Ahmednuggur, India, sender's routing "Via Brindisi", red "Boston Paid Jul. 21" (ca. 1875) circular datestamp, red crayon "330/3" credit (330 centimes = 66c), red London "Paid" transit datestamp, red crayon "3" British Colonial credit, Sea Post Office and receiving backstamp, slight creasing around edges of cover and tiny tear in 30c at top right, still Very Fine, a remarkable franking correctly prepaying triple the 27c rate, the credit in centimes was applied in accordance with GPU/UPU requirements, one of the more unusual Bissell covers, ex "Andromeda", with 2011 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
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2364
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2364, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues3c Green (184), 3c Green (184)3c Green (184). Straight edge at left, tied by bold fancy negative "H" cancel with "Boston Mass. Jul. 17" duplex circular datestamp on "The Herald" newspaper illustrated advertising cover to Middleboro Mass., cover with small tear at top and nicked right corners not affecting the stamp -- which has a light corner crease, still Very Fine and a scarce fancy cancel matching the name of the newspaper

E. 200-300
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2365
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2365, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue, 2c Red Brown, 15c Red Orange (189, 206, 210), 1c Gray Blue, 2c Red Brown, 15c Red Orange (189, 206, 210)1c Gray Blue, 2c Red Brown, 15c Red Orange (189, 206, 210). 15c superb, lovely three-stamp combination tied by lightly struck grid cancels, "Fayetteville Tex. Nov. 8, 1886" circular datestamp on registered 2c Red Brown entire to Berlin, Germany, registry handstamps, N.Y. registry label, Extremely Fine, an extraordinarily beautiful cover, double 5c UPU rate plus 10c registry fee, ex "Andromeda"

E. 300-400
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2366
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2366, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Bright color, cancelled by Glen Allen Star precancel on International Printing Label Establishment corner card cover to Forksville Pa., "Glen Allen Virginia May 29, 1884" printed datestamp, trivial edgewear, Very Fine

E. 500-750
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2367
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2367, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Four covers, each with Glen Allen Star precancel on buff International Label Printing Establishment corner card cover, one has illustration on back in blue, dates of use include Dec. 18, 1882, May 28, 1884 and two on Apr. 8, 1886, one or two with some toning, edgewear, Fine group

E. 1,500-2,000
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2368
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2368, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Horizontal pair, tied by Waving Flag fancy cancel, "Enfield Conn. Jul. 19, 1886" circular datestamp with duplex Star in Circle, on cover to Hartford Conn., Very Fine strike of this unusual fancy cancel, with 1985 P.F. certificate

E. 400-500
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2369
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2369, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues1c Gray Blue (206), 1c Gray Blue (206)1c Gray Blue (206). Rich color, tied by "Philadelphia Pa. 2" oval on Landreth's Bloomsdale Seed Farm postcard to South Norridgewock Me., elaborate two-sided illustrations including farm buildings on address side and ornate frame around stamp, dark green early peas and leaf on reverse side which has a couple small mounting remnants, Very Fine, a beautiful design, ex Wagshal

E. 300-400
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2370
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2370, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues2c Red Brown (210), 2c Red Brown (210)2c Red Brown (210). Tied by clear strike of Waving Flag fancy cancel, "Enfield Conn. Jun. 10 1885" circular datestamp with duplex Star in Circle, addressed to Boston Mass., cover with tiny nick top left corner, Very Fine strike of this elaborate fancy cancel -- which was always applied in addition to the duplex for extra patriotic fervor

E. 400-500
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2371
c
Sale Number 1215, Lot Number 2371, 1870-88 Bank Note Issues5c Indigo (216), 5c Indigo (216)5c Indigo (216). Tied by large dotted grid cancel, used with Samoa, 1890, 1p Green, 2p Brown Orange, Perf 12 x 11-1/2 (11b, 13b), 5c affixed overlapping 1p, tied by blue "Apia, Samoa, Mar. 26" double-circle datestamp on cover to Baltimore Md., red San Francisco transit and Baltimore receiving datestamp on back, backflap removed

VERY FINE. A COLORFUL THREE-STAMP MIXED FRANKING FROM SAMOA TO THE UNITED STATES.

Ex Hollowbush and Vogel

E. 1,500-2,000
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